THE KNAPSACK, THE HAT, AND THE HORN
" March in haste to the charcoal-burner and demand my wishing-cloth back," said the man. They wheeled round to the left, and were not long before they had accomplished his desire, and taken away, without wasting many words, the wishing-cloth from the charcoal-burner. Having dismissed them, he wandered on, expecting still more wonderful luck. About sunset he fell in with another charcoal-burner, who was getting his supper ready at the fire.
" Will you join me ?" said this black fellow; " potatoes and salt, without butter; sit down to it with me."
" No," answered he, " this time you shall be my guest." And he spread out his table-cloth, and it was directly covered with the most delicious victuals. So they ate and drank together and were merry. After the meal was over the charcoal-burner said,
" Over there, on the bench, lies an old worn-out hat, which has wonderful properties : if you put it on and draw it well over your head it is as if a dozen field-pieces went off, one after the other, shooting everything down, so that no one can 1 stand against them. This hat is of no use to me, and I will give it to you in exchange for the table-cloth."
" All right," answered the other, taking the hat and carrying it off, and leaving the table-cloth behind him. Before he had gone far he struck upon the knapsack, and summoned i his soldiers to fetch back the table-cloth again.
"First one thing, and then another," thought he, "just as if my luck were never to end." And so it seemed, for at the end of another day's journey he came up to another charcoal-burner, who was roasting his potatoes just like the others. He invited him to eat with him off his wishing-cloth, to which the charcoal-burner took such a fancy, that he gave him for it a horn, which had different properties still from the hat. If | a man blew on it down fell all walls and fortresses, and finally i towns and villages in heaps. So the man gave the table-cloth in exchange for it to the charcoal-burner, afterwards sending i his men to fetch it back, so that at last he had in his possession knapsack, hat, and horn, all at one time.
■ Now," said he, " I am a made man, and it is time to go home again and see how my brothers are faring."
When he reached home he found that his brothers had